17 Feb 2012
Additional Estimates - Tuesday 14 February 2011 - Legal and Constitutional Committee - Australian Federal Police
Senator LUDLAM: Some of these you might need to take on notice. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 report for the last financial year, that is available, showed that the AFP made nearly 23,000 applications for interception authorisations. That was not for phone taps but metadata or communications data. Can you just talk us through this? I was a bit gobsmacked, to be honest, when I realised that the total number across all agencies was a quarter of a million. Twenty-three thousand of them come from the AFP. Can you tell us what they were for?
Mr Negus: I will just introduce Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan who has responsibility in that area.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 6:30PM - Public Forum: WikiLeaks, Assange and democracy: Don’t shoot the messenger
16 Feb 2012
Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will speak at a public forum in Sydney tomorrow evening presented by the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition and supported by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism.
15 Feb 2012
The Australian Greens renewed their call for greater funding of SBS after it was revealed services in fifteen languages had been temporarily suspended by the broadcaster during the summer break.
The Greens communications spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Government needs to substantially increase funding in the 2012-13 budget, and decrease the broadcaster's dependence on declining advertising revenues.
13 Feb 2012
Additional Estimates - Finance and Public Administration Committee - Monday 13 February - Department of Parliamentary Services
Senator LUDLAM: I have questions on the opening statement. Mr Kenny, on the ICT review that the President mentioned in the opening statement, I would like to ask a couple of quick questions of you or whoever wants to take them.
Mr Kenny : You can, although it may be more appropriately directed to the President.
The PRESIDENT: To me.
Senator LUDLAM: Excellent. Can you tell us who is going to conduct the review and how MPs will be invited to contribute to it?
The PRESIDENT: The Parliamentary Service Commissioner is currently seeking to engage an independent expert. That part of the process has not concluded, so I do not know at this stage who that person will be. Let me say that, in discussions with the Parliamentary Service Commissioner, it was made abundantly clear that we expect all stakeholders-and there are a vast range of them-to be engaged as a part of this process: that is, the Department of the Senate, the Department of Parliamentary Services, the Department of the House of Representatives, members of the House of Representatives and members of the Senate as well as their staff and other people. So I am trusting there will be ample opportunity for engagement on this matter.
Senator LUDLAM: . How long do you imagine it will run for?
13 Feb 2012
More than a year on from the defeat of the Government's proposed mandatory net filter, Australia's parliamentarians have instead elected to heavily filter their own web access.
In budget estimates hearings this morning, Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam established that the entire .info top level domain is blocked to Parliament House, knocking out an unknown number of sites including an anti-war blog and sites on energy policy and nuclear disarmament.
08 Feb 2012
The Australian Greens have warned the Government and Coalition to avoid a ‘quick fix' stitch-up with the major sporting codes and media companies following the Optus Federal Court decision.
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said "The judgement appears to be a common sense reading of the Copyright Act that recognises people should be able to watch content at a time and place of their choosing".
18 Jan 2012
As Wikipedia goes on strike to protest the proposed ‘Stop Online Piracy Act' (SOPA) currently before the US Congress, the Greens have called on the Australian Government to take a stand in defence of Australian internet users and protect the viability of the medium.
Australian Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam pointed to the global blackout of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia as an example of the depth of the campaign to prevent the bill from becoming law.